Bangkok’s Skytrain mulls metro bid in Vietnam

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Concept for the Ho Chi Minh City metro

The operator of Bangkok’s Skytrain, Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS), said it plans to join the bidding to operate two electric trains in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, Thai news agency InfoQuest  reported on July 9.

Ho Chi Minh City, which is choked in traffic and in dire need of a mass transit network, is currently building 2 metro routes with a total length of 23 kilometers. The lines are scheduled for completion in 2017 or 2018.

BTS anticipates that the Vietnamese government will issue its bidding conditions “soon”. The railway is being constructed by Japanese engineering firm Hitachi. Both lines combine an investment volume of $2.3 billion and will be followed by 4 more metro lines.

For Line 1, which will run from the Ben Thanh Market to Suoi Tien Park in district 9, planners expect the route to serve more than 160,000 passengers daily upon launch, increasing to 635,000 by 2030. Line 2 will run from Ben Thanh Market to Tham Luong in District 12.

The metro is partly funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, the German Bank for Reconstruction, the Asian Development Bank and the European Investment Bank.

 

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Concept for the Ho Chi Minh City metro

The operator of Bangkok’s Skytrain, Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS), said it plans to join the bidding to operate two electric trains in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, Thai news agency InfoQuest  reported on July 9.

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HCMC metro1
Concept for the Ho Chi Minh City metro

The operator of Bangkok’s Skytrain, Bangkok Mass Transit System (BTS), said it plans to join the bidding to operate two electric trains in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City, Thai news agency InfoQuest  reported on July 9.

Ho Chi Minh City, which is choked in traffic and in dire need of a mass transit network, is currently building 2 metro routes with a total length of 23 kilometers. The lines are scheduled for completion in 2017 or 2018.

BTS anticipates that the Vietnamese government will issue its bidding conditions “soon”. The railway is being constructed by Japanese engineering firm Hitachi. Both lines combine an investment volume of $2.3 billion and will be followed by 4 more metro lines.

For Line 1, which will run from the Ben Thanh Market to Suoi Tien Park in district 9, planners expect the route to serve more than 160,000 passengers daily upon launch, increasing to 635,000 by 2030. Line 2 will run from Ben Thanh Market to Tham Luong in District 12.

The metro is partly funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation, the German Bank for Reconstruction, the Asian Development Bank and the European Investment Bank.

 

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